I bought some flat-pack shelving yesterday.
Normally I get on pretty well with flat-pack stuff. OK, I have had a few occasions in the past where I have put the back legs on the front or got something upside down but those things are easily fixed.
Today I set to work on assembling the shelves. Though I say so myself I did a fucking brilliant job. The unit stood there in the kitchen in all its glory, straight as a ramrod and as sturdy as Merkel's knickers.
The shelving is to replace some old shelves in the lobby. The old shelves kept collapsing and if the top one went, it brought down all the others below it. It was a pain in the arse clearing up the mess constantly, and the shelves were beyond repair so it was time for them to go.
I should explain that the lobby is not very big. Imagine a telephone kiosk with doors on two sides and you'll get a rough idea. I had measured the new shelving very carefully so I knew it would fit. There were a few inches headroom and a couple of inches to spare in the width and it was just nicely deep enough that the sitting room door could open without any bother.
I went to bring my newly completed project into the lobby.
It wouldn't fucking fit.
I couldn't get it around the corners or through the doorways.
The unit is now standing proudly in the lobby. The shelves are now stacked with all the stuff that used to be on the floor as the old shelves were to flimsy to carry them.
It's a job well done.
However I do NOT recommend trying to assemble flat-pack shelves in a telephone kiosk.
It's a lot harder than it sounds.